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The Key’s Ultimate Guide to Summer Music Festivals 2016 – Part Two

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Made in America crowd | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

A few months ago, we gave you The Key’s Guide to Summer Music Festivals Part One, and we promised to follow up later in the summer with Part Two. Well, that time is now! We’ve compiled everything you need to know about all the music festivals for the second half of summer, including dates, locations and who’s playing what — with a focus on Philadelphia artists on the various lineups — all presented in chronological order. Don’t worry, you can thank us later. On with the festivals! Continue reading →

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Field Mouse find the light at the end of the tunnel with “In Blue”

Field Mouse | photo by Katie Krulock | courtesy of the artist

Field Mouse recently announced their new album Meaning, which will be released August 16 via Topshelf Records. Following the lead single “Heart of Gold” is the lush and dreamy “In Blue,” which frontwoman Rachel Browne dedicates to her sister. Amid warm synths and shimmering tambourine, Browne delivers hope and optimism, singing “We stay alive, to see the planets realign a second time.” Continue reading →

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Field Mouse announce new album Meaning with “Heart of Gold”

Field Mouse | photo by Katie Krulock | courtesy of the artist

Field Mouse will return with a new album this summer, their first in three years. The Brooklyn/Philly indie rockers just shared the lead single from the forthcoming Meaning, which’ll be out August 16 via Topshelf Records. The upbeat “Heart of Gold” introduces the album’s theme of finding a way to cope with the feeling of impending disaster. Despite the fear and uncertainty of what the future may bring, “I still got a heart of gold / I still got a heart,” sings vocalist/guitarist Rachel Browne. Continue reading →

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Listen to Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz guest host the Indie Rock Hit Parade

DJ Sad13 aka Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Eric Schuman

In just over six years of hosting the Indie Rock Hit Parade, I’ve had plenty of guests on the show. Usually it’s a live in-studio performance or a fun-filled DJ visit from Jon Wurster. After all this time, though, there’s one thing I’ve never had, and that’s a vacation. This past week, while I was in San Francisco, I left my beloved Friday show in the capable hands of the Hit Parade’s first-ever guest host, DJ Sad13 aka Sadie Dupuis.

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They Came. They Saw. They Conquered: The Orwells at Underground Arts

The Orwells | photo by Tom Beck for WXPN
The Orwells | photo by Tom Beck for WXPN

BuzzFeed can suck it. Punk rock is alive and well in the Millenial generation, and if you need proof look no further than The Orwells. The group of early-twenty-somethings who hail from the rural outskirts of Chicago grew up with a punk rock education that’s become increasingly prevalent among today’s college-aged kids. The group’s new album set to come out this February, Terrible Human Beings, will likely be the latest addition to a flurry of great garage-punk albums to come out in recent years.

It’s a list of bands that’s becoming ever more impressive, featuring acts like FIDLAR, Twin Peaks, Speedy Ortiz, Bully, Tacocat, Downtown Boys, The Summer Cannibals, and Philly’s own Sheer Mag. But without a doubt, chief among them is The Orwells. The Orwells have a more melodic take on punk than most other punk bands; it’s a sound not unlike that of The Replacements or The Clash. The band’s two albums to date are brilliant, but the band’s live show is what makes them stand out.

That show was on full display Friday night at Underground Arts. The Orwells kicked things off with the latest single from the new album called “They Put a Body in the Bayou,” sending the overwhelmingly under-25 crowd into a moshing frenzy. Continue reading →

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Declare independence with an All-American PUNK Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Dead Kennedys | Photo via MTV

Just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade celebrates the most American art form, PUNK! We’ll hear a nonstop blitz of punk junk, new and old, from all across this great nation of ours. From garage-punk to riot grrrl to noise-punk and hardcore, tonight’s show is sure to get your blood pumping. Be on the lookout for brand new tracks from Summer Cannibals, Field Mouse and VHS, and classics from Black Flag, Mission of Burma and Sleater-Kinney! Preview some of the newer ragers below…

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My Morning Download: “Security” by Party Supplies

Photo by Josh Wehle
Photo by Josh Wehle
Party Supplies are a duo from Brooklyn including singer Justin Nealis (guitar, drum machines), and multi-instrumentalist Sean Mahon. When he’s not creating the smooth classic rock/yacht rock influenced sounds in Party Supplies, Nealis is a producer and has worked most recently with rapper Action Bronson and Danny Brown. Last summer they released their debut album, Tough Love on Fool’s Gold Records. They recently released a new single, “Security,” that you can download below. It’s got a smooth tropical vibe that recalls “All Night Long” by Lionel Ritchie and “She Drives Me Crazy” by Fine Young Cannibals but with its own indie-rock insouciance.